An online pet supply company told me way too much sand. She told me 80 lbs of sand for my 29 gal
. I didn't put that much but i did use some of my old substrate that I rinsed and then added 40 lbs of live sand. I couldn't take some out after I dumped the live sand in because of the dry sand. Didn't want to get it mixed up. My aquarium is almost fully cycled. Everything is testing zero except the nitrates are at 5.0 ppm
. How long does it take for the bacteria to spread through the whole amount sand before I can remove some?
I wanted to get everything in order before I added any inverts or fish. Also, do I need to turn of the pump first and let it settle or will that hurt the bacteria to not have circulation. I had this aquarium up about 5 years ago and had to move unexpectedly, so I guess I am very new at this. Trying to take things slow and research more. I have about an avg of 2.5 inch of substrate I think but would like about an inch less. Help please.